Scientific Writer I/II (1098-679)

Rockville, Maryland, United States
May 10, 2018
Jun 12, 2018
Full Time

Summary of the Position:

The Scientific Writer I/II position is responsible for collaborating with USP Scientific Staff, the Council of Experts, and Information Technology for the overall development of high-quality scientific and technical materials. The Scientific Writer I/II will interface with the other Scientific Writers, Scientific Liaisons, other internal groups, and external groups, including Expert Committees and authors, to ensure the accurate and timely completion, review, and delivery of scientific and technical materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provides note taking support for the Council of Experts’ official and working meetings by writing meeting minutes and executive summaries
  • Performs proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing of scientific and technical content, meeting minutes, and executive summaries
  • Writes and edits manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and other publications related to Council of Experts (CoE)/Science Division initiatives, adhering to appropriate style and requirements
  • Partners with other Scientific Writers and USP Business Units and Program Units to develop, write, and edit scientific and technical content
  • Performs draft reviews of general chapters, Stimuli articles, and journal submissions, with a focus on substantive editing for clarity and accuracy, as well as copyediting for style and grammar
  • Performs QC of content, which includes ensuring that references, grammar, spelling, and formatting are correct
  • Ensures that USP written content and materials adhere to the correct style, as set forth in the General Chapter and Stimuli Article Style Guide, USP Minutes Style Guide, and related resources, e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, ACS, and AMA
  • Ensures a consistent style of presentation of USP content to maintain quality and ease of review
  • Collaborates in the development of guidelines and formats for different types of documents as requested
  • Ensures that content meets customer needs and specifications and adheres to quality standards for graphics, format, style, and delivery
  • Establishes strong working relationships with USP staff and expert volunteers; communicates effectively and professionally with industry stakeholders, government liaisons, FDA, and other regulatory staff
  • Participates in special projects when requested
  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned
  • Performs all other job duties as requested or assigned


Basic Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, English, communications, journalism, or technical writing 

Scientific Writer I:

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience as a scientific or technical writer
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience with note taking

Scientific Writer II:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a scientific or technical writer
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in note taking
  • Experience with submitting articles to peer reviewed journals

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Mastery of the English language, with a comprehensive understanding and correct use of English grammar
  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Knowledge of researching, writing, editing, and reviewing scientific and technical documents
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and procedures of scientific and technical writing tasks
  • Highly detail oriented, paying close attention to accuracy, consistency, and clarity of the written information
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects in a timely manner
  • Proficient in Window OS and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to adapt style and content for different target audiences
  • Ability to work cross-functionally, collaborate, negotiate with, and influence peers at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to identify and summarize key points from highly complex presentations and discussions


Supervisory Responsibilities



USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start
  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately
  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP. 

Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular